Social Justice: Confronting Culture, Creating Change
FYS 004, CRN 6788
Social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to their needs. [In a just society…] all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. […] The process for attaining the goal of social justice, we believe, should also be democratic and participatory, inclusive and affirming of human agency and human capacities for working collaboratively to create change.
--Lee Anne Bell
In this course, we will engage in the process of community-based social justice by examining ways to analyze, understand, and resist forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, transgender oppression, religious oppression, classism, ableism, and ageism. Through a variety of in-class activities, writing assignments, and service-learning with our community partners, we will develop the critical tools necessary to understand oppression and our own socialization within oppressive systems and to develop techniques to interrupt and change oppressive patterns and behaviors in ourselves and in the institutions and communities of which we are a part.